Artist of the Month, January 2015 — Pierre Larauza

Pierre Larauza

Pierre Larauza

Pierre Larauza (France, 1976), art director and co-founder of the Belgian-based contemporary dance company t.r.a.n.s.i.t.s.c.a.p.e, is a multidisciplinary artist working on individual and collective projects in the areas of performing arts, visual arts and cinema. Beside creating dance performances and films with t.r.a.n.s.i.t.s.c.a.p.e, in collaboration with the dancer/choreographer/filmmaker Emmanuelle Vincent, he is developing solo art works (installation/sculpture and video/photography). Larauza’s installation work is built around life size interpretations of historical sports movements that he develops in a site specific approach. His photography explores urban phenomena and cross-cultural issues through photography documentaries or fictional mises en scène.

In this series below, Larauza interprets historical movement. His installation 8.95m offers a life-size interpretation, faithful but poetic, of the current long jump world record of 8.95 meters realized by the American Mike Powell on August 31st 1991 in Tokyo. Probably the most extraordinary long jump competition of history. Allegory of life, the jump’s architectural scale identically respects the different stages of the jump and reconstructs the impact left by Mike Powell in the drop zone.

The installation 8.95m is a tribute to Mike Powell, a tribute to sport, a tribute to surrealism, a tribute to excess, a tribute to what Larauza will never manage to do . . . .

To see more of his work go to: www.pierrelarauza.net or www.transitscape.net.